It has been quite the summer so far. A lot has happened in the past few months. But we remain strong together. The one thing that has been positive is the hot weather. It has been more than ideal. If anything, it is truly weather to make homemade ice cream.
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My daughter and I have made countless trips for our favorite McFlurry. My son’s birthday is the beginning of July and he always requests his usual ice cream cake. It has become a tradition.
The summer brings lots of barbeques and pool parties. Along with hot dogs and hamburgers, these summertime meals bring cool desserts as well. The best part in my book. Lol!!
YOU SCREAM, I SCREAM, WE ALL SCREAM FOR ICE CREAM
If you want to serve ice cream for dessert, it’s easy enough to run to the store and pick some up. However, there’s nothing like homemade ice cream. The question is, how are you going to make it?
You could use an expensive electric ice cream machine or even an old-fashioned hand-crank machine but there are other ways to make homemade ice cream. Consider using one of these methods the next time you have a hankering for that cold, sweet treat.
Roll the Can
You can get your kids or grandkids into the making of ice cream. Make it a game for them.
Gather two coffee cans, a 1-pound, and a 3-pound. Mix together your favorite ice cream base and set it aside. You will also need 10 cups of ice, 1 1/2 cups of rock salt, and duct tape. Put the 1-pound can inside the 3-pound can.
Pour the mixture into the smaller can and then place the lid on the can. Be sure to seal the can with duct tape. Layer ice and salt around the inner can and then place the lid on the outer can.
Place kids on opposite sides from each other and allow them to roll the can back and forth between them for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes check the ice cream. If it has not begun solidifying, have them resume their game. Recheck every 10 minutes until the ice cream is done.
Bag the Ice Cream
You can make ice cream in a similar fashion as with the can. Instead of using cans, however, you will use Ziploc bags of different sizes. Place the chilled ice cream base in the smaller bag (1-quart) which is then placed inside the larger bag (1-gallon).
Add ice half-way ups the larger bag and about 1/2 cup of salt. Make sure the smaller bag is completely covered and zip up the bag. Wrap the larger bag inside several layers of plastic grocery bags and tape it closed. Shake the bags for at least 10 minutes and then check it.
If it isn’t thick enough, pour the contents out of the bag and place it in the freezer until ready.
Start with Store Bought
Maybe the only thing you can find in the store is vanilla but your family wants something more exotic. Allow the store-bought ice cream to soften. Add whatever flavorings or additions you like.
Chocolate chips, chopped fruit, cookie dough are different items you may want to add. Use your imagination and you’ll have a one-of-a-kind almost homemade ice cream your family will love
Use a Blender or Food Processor
Place frozen fruit, cream, sugar and vanilla in a food processor or blender. Blend it for five or so minutes and the result should resemble ice cream in no time.
You don’t have to purchase store-bought ice cream when you really want homemade. Try one of these four methods for making homemade ice cream and you’ll have a sweet treat that’s good to eat. Some of these methods are quick, easy and something the whole family can have a part of the making.